Daily Archives: 9 Dec 2013

Gosh, Funny Thing, Saying ‘I Thought the Gun Wasn’t Loaded’ Just Isn’t Very Comforting, Is It?

A man was charged with reckless homicide Monday following the fatal shooting of an Indiana teenager hailed as a hero in 2010 when she helped save two children who fell into an icy reservoir.  Aubrey Peters, 16, was pronounced dead … Continue reading

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New: The Book of Ben Sira

Via Jack Sasson- word of this new resource– Welcome to http://www.bensira.org, the website devoted to the ancient and medieval Hebrew manuscripts of the book of Ben Sira. These documents, which are housed in Cambridge, Oxford, London, Paris, New York, Los … Continue reading

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An Unofficial Response from Tyndale, But It’s Not An Official One

In comments on Joel’s post.  Here’s the gist:  I should probably make it clear that this is a personal response rather than an official response from Tyndale House Publishers. I am a senior editor for Bibles and Bible reference works, … Continue reading

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Truth and Consequences

From the twitter- no comment needed-

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This is For You, Joel

In the wise words of Sirach- ἕως θανάτου ἀγώνισαι περὶ τῆς ἀληθείας καὶ κύριος ὁ θεὸς πολεμήσει ὑπὲρ σοῦ (Sir 4:28)

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I Bet Joel Is Getting Hate Mail Now Too

I knew it would happen so it isn’t surprising that partisans of Driscoll and Tyndale House Publishing are spending their day sending along comments aimed not at discussing the issue, but tangentials.  If people wish to comment on point, I’m … Continue reading

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That ‘Admission’ Just Doesn’t Cut the Mustard, Or Pass the Smell Test, Mars Hill: Mark Driscoll as the New Anthony Wiener

Jonathan Merritt is on top of the Mark Driscoll plagiarism story with something further today- Mars Hill Church has released a statement regarding plagiarism allegations against pastor Mark Driscoll. “Religion News Service” reported on the initial charges of plagiarism brought to light by … Continue reading

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James Crossley’s Forthcoming Book

Harnessing Chaos (506): The Bible in English Political Discourse since 1968. It’s a fantastic read. Even for people outside the British Islands: Harnessing Chaos is an explanation of changes in dominant politicalized assumptions about what the Bible ‘really means’ in … Continue reading

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Kloppenborg Reviews Destro/Pesce

Here–   John S. Kloppenborg’s review of A.Destro-M. Pesce, Encounters with Jesus, 2012 Fortress Press (published in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus).  My own 8 part review is here.

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The Stupid, It Burns

Yet more evidence that schools go to extreme lengths to punish children for even thinking about weapons: A 10-year-old Georgia boy was suspended for a day after he pretended to shoot an entirely imaginary arrow at another student.  Administrators told … Continue reading

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Joel Watts’ Forthright Letter to Tyndale House Publishers

Hear hear.  Joel remarks a bit along in his post-  I sincerely appreciate Tyndale House for the quality materials presented to me throughout my life that have helped in no small way to me being the believer I am today. … Continue reading

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Bibi is the World’s Worst Human Being

And he’s proven it again. Israel’s prime minister proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He’s something worse.  The problem is not so much that the prime minister had first informed the South … Continue reading

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Children React to Joel Watts’ Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol: The Version With Mimes from Mark’

Poor kids.

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It’s Hard to Believe, But Tomorrow is the 45th Anniversary of Karl Barth’s Death

Reformierte Info commemorates the giant thusly- by quoting extensively from a Christmas essay: “Man ist nicht damit ein Christ, dass man dies und das tut, denkt und glaubt, erlebt, sagt. (…) Also damit ist oder wird man in der Tat … Continue reading

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Heinrich Bullinger’s First Publication (of Many) In Zurich

Von dem unverschampten Fräfel, ergerlichem verwyrren und unwarhafftem leeren der selbsgesandten Wiedertöuffern vier gespräch Bücher ([Zürich], 1531).  A fitting work setting the tone for his tenure in Zurich.  A tenure characterized by the solidification and expansion of the Reformation commenced by Zwingli. … Continue reading

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Is it Bugs Bunny, or Janet Mefferd?

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Begone, Absurdly Sentimental Pseudo-St. Nick

Nicholas doesn’t ‘believe in you’.  He believes in Jesus. via

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December 9, 1531 Was an Important Date in Reformation History

On that date, Heinrich Bullinger was elected to be Zwingli’s replacement as the Antistes of the Grossmunster.  And he was the ideal replacement. After the disaster at Cappel, [Bullinger left Bremgarten and] removed to Zuerich, and was unanimously elected by … Continue reading

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First Bible of the Church: A Plea for the Septuagint, reviewed

Originally posted on Words on the Word:
For the New Testament authors, the original text, that is, the text they drew on, was primarily the Septuagint. To make up the first part of the Bible which has the New Testament…

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